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ACOs make progress in using big data to improve care

Only a handful of the largest and most sophisticated ACOs have established a "big data" warehouse that will let them pull together information from a variety of sources to help optimize care for individual patients and for their overall enrolled population. But many ACOs are developing the capacity to track patients in real time when they go to the hospital or the emergency department so they can intervene quickly to improve cost and quality outcomes.

For many of these ACOs, accessing, sharing and analyzing these smaller pools of data, then figuring out what to do with the results, present their most formidable information challenges.

SHS Election Results

The results of recent election are in and all newly-elected members have accepted their new roles:

J.Siegele    re-re-cropped Kraebber   re-re-cropped Mitchell 

Joyce Siegele

Karl Kraebber
Board Member

Isaac B. Mitchell
Board Member

Congratulations to Joyce, Karl and Isaac and thank you in advance for your service to the Society. 

2015 Health Systems Process Improvement Conference - Only a few weeks away!

SHS strives to bring in up-to-date topics that can help your organization stay on the cutting edge. The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is the crown jewel of SHS and one of our biggest events.

The 2015 Health Systems Process Improvement Conference held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, is only a few weeks away. You still have time to register to attend this annual gathering of current and future healthcare process improvement practitioners and academicians. Read highlights from events occurring during the conference

Labor and delivery nurse staffing as a cost-effective safety intervention

Numerous studies have identified a relationship between staffing levels and nurse-sensitive outcomes for medical and surgical patients, but little has been published on the impact of nurse-sensitive outcomes for the childbearing family and even less that examines the relationship of intrapartum staffing on adverse perinatal outcomes.

Upcoming webinar!

Date: Feb. 10
Title: Choosing Wisely: A Program to Reduce Unnecessary Medical Care
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Susan Haas, MD, MSc, Northeastern University Health Systems Engineering Institute
Choosing Wisely is a national campaign to engage physicians and patients in conversations about the value of certain tests and procedures for the individual patient. It is based on the observation that large variation in the number and types of tests and treatments occurs for patients with the same condition.
 Reserve your Webinar Seat Now!   

Time is running out to register for IIE conferences at discounted rates

Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 

Coming up Feb. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, the Society for Health System's Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference will equip you with the tools you need to influence process improvement at your healthcare or healthcare-related organization. Advanced registration is open until Feb. 8 and will save you $100.

Why for-profit hospitals are poised for a strong 2015 (and not-for-profits aren't)

Investor-owned hospital chains are enjoying momentum under healthcare reform that isn't sweeping along their not-for-profit counterparts. Analysts expect another strong year from the for-profit operators because they've cut costs and adopted new initiatives to bring in more patients.

IOM urges vast changes in clinical trial data sharing

The Institute of Medicine on Wednesday released four recommendations to address practices that often have left relevant medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers. The guidelines could represent a sea change in how the research enterprise is thinking about its responsibilities, say advocacy groups, ethicists and academic researchers.

Hospital re-engineers ED processes to cut wait times

Dr. Richard Zane quickly spotted huge waste and inefficiency soon after he was hired to head the University of Colorado Hospital emergency department in 2012.


SHS NewsletterJanuary 2015

The January 2015 issue of the SHS Newsletter announces the 2015 elections and calls for a vote on candidates for president-elect and two board members. In this issue, members can find information on sessions, keynote speakers, pre-conference workshops, student activities and competitions, networking events, and exhibits for the upcoming Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, Feb. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Read about SHS members with continued years of service and membership in SHS as of January 2015 and enjoy the lead article on five traits of high reliability organizations and how to hardwire each in your organization. Other articles cover hospitals that are finally starting to put real-time data to use, estimates on adverse events prevented in U.S. hospitals since 2010, the rise of healthcare spending, 10 guiding principles for leading change management, and daily management systems in medicine. Also, Jean Ann Larson is featured as the recipient of the 2014 SHS/HIMSS Award.


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